Greek government reiterates firm stance on extending territorial waters in Crete


The Greek government reiterated it’s plan to extend its territorial waters in the eastern part of the Crete Island, with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias speaking in parliament on Tuesday.

A debate on the bill delimitating maritime borders between Greece and Italy follows an agreement signed between the two countries on June 9, 2020.

The deal is an extension of a 1977 accord and paves the way for the two countries to explore for and exploit marine resources in the area.

“The prime minister commented months ago about the expansion of [Greek] territorial waters in Crete. And of course Crete includes the eastern part,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said.

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, Turkey’s research vessel, Oruc Reis, center, is surrounded by Turkish navy vessels as it was heading in the west of Antalya. -Copyright  AP/IHA

“This draft law has the unanimous support of the political forces of the national Parliament, so I believe that the moment has a historic aspect and I would like to thank the political parties for their cooperation.”

Dendias also claimed that Greece does not have to negotiate its territorial waters with any neighbor country.

“Neighboring countries understand our implementation of our right. Italy knew that Greece would expand its territorial waters, and this does not mean that Greece negotiated with Italy. Just like Albania has fully exercised its rights without asking Greece.”

In August, Mitsotakis said the government was planning to submit a bill to double in size Greece’s territorial waters in the Ionian Sea.

In the future, Greece could also extend its territorial waters in other maritime areas, he added.

Sourced By: Katherimini/Anadolu Agency




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Neoléa collaboration with Adelaide High School supports intergenerational connections

Modern Greek students of Adelaide High School visited the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia’s St Nicholas Church senior group.

Australian government releases Multicultural Framework Review report

The Australian Government has released the report of the Multicultural Framework Review. Read more details here.

2024 Paris Olympics: Everything you need to know

With the Olympics fast approaching, here's everything you need to know. The Games will run from July 27 to August 12 for Australia.

Greece attempts to diffuse tensions after Turkey deploys warships near Kasos

Greece scrambled to respond in a diplomatic manner to reduce tensions in the southeastern Aegean as Turkey deployed warships.

‘Memory Speaks’: Greek Australian Cultural League’s poetry event focuses on Cyprus

The Greek Australian Cultural League organised a poetry afternoon which took place at Steps Gallery in Carlton.

You May Also Like

Maria Vamvakinou MP

Έχουν μεσολαβήσει ογδόντα χρόνια από το ηρωικό ΟΧΙ του Ελληνικού λαού. Η απάντηση των Ελλήνων στο φασισμό εκείνης της περιόδου, αποτελεί μνημείο τιμής και...

Seminar on ANZAC pilgrimage to Gallipoli to be held at Melbourne’s Greek Centre

Dr Effie Steriopoulos will give a seminar on the ANZAC pilgrimage to Gallipoli at Melbourne's Greek Centre.

Greece’s population expected to decline within next 27 years

Greece's population is expected to decrease by 2.5 million within the next 27 years, according to a study by the University of Thessaly.